Beaubois: An International Force

By Grace Tatigian

Beaubois manufacturers high-end, complex architectural millwork for the institutional, public building, hotel, and high-end condominium markets. Founded in 1977, Beaubois operates a 175,000 sq. ft. plant in St. George and employs approximately 260 people. Their products are sold throughout Canada and the United States.

Among the finalists for the AWMAC Quebec 2020 Awards, Beaubois is listed in four categories: Accommodation/Hotel, Public Project, Restaurant/Bar, and GIS Project. In recent years, Beaubois has distinguished itself with awards from the Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI), the VRCA Awards of Excellence, the U.S. General Services Administration – Public Buildings Service (GSA), and more. The New York Baccarat Hotel & Residences project was a 2016 standout at the AWMAC gala.

“The architectural millwork market in North America is made up of several small companies addressing the local market and a limited number of major players, including Beaubois, which targets a national and international market,” explains Eric Doyon, general manager. 

To stand out, Beaubois differentiates itself through expertise, flexibility, a varied product line, perfect installation, and proactive project management. The architectural woodworking industry has evolved over the past few years and projects now incorporate various materials from metal to quartz, copper, glass, mirrors, plastics, and upholstery products. Adapting to these trends and learning about these materials has allowed Beaubois to meet the needs of their clients.

“All of our products are unique and specifically manufactured for all major construction markets, whether it be hotels, hospitals, casinos, institutions, stadiums, or high-end residences,” says Mr. Doyon. “Our products meet the standards of the AWI, an association of which we have been an active member since 1996. We are also QCP (Quality Controlled Program) qualified, ISO 9001-2008 certified, and FSC chain of custody certified. “

It was the desire to grow the company that led Beaubois to the American market in the 1980s. The opportunity to expand into Uncle Sam’s country allowed the company to achieve higher sales. This expansion required several investments to expand the production plant and adapt to the latest technologies. In addition, the company recently invested in an automated production line. 

“The U.S. also offers large-scale, high-quality projects that allow Beaubois to shine and stand out,” says Mr. Doyon. Harvard University in Boston was one of Beaubois’ first contracts in the states, but it was not the last! “

Some of the most recent U.S. projects have qualified for AWMAC Distinction Awards.

Located in Fort Worth, Texas, Dickies Stadium, built at $540 million, is a breathtaking sight. This multipurpose stadium first impresses with its size: it includes 14,000 seats, a 2,200-space parking lot, 100,000 square feet of exhibit space, a 716,000-square-foot stadium with 360-degree video coverage, 36 suites, 32 boxes, and more. Then there’s the style. Inspired by the colonial look of its predecessor, built in the 1930s, Dickies Stadium has been described by HKS administrator Eric Nelson as “a rodeo arena with an operatic design.” There are grand staircases, chandeliers, soaring stained glass windows, and a rich color palette.

How do they win bids of this magnitude?

“Beaubois’ projects can be as large as $15 million USD; the production capacity to deliver these projects on time is an important qualification for the client,” explains Doyon, “This production capacity is higher than many of our competitors in the field. We regularly invite our customers to our facilities to understand and grasp the scale: it’s a good selling point. “

Another big project? In May 2017, Cache Creek Casino unveiled an expansion plan to add two new hotel towers, 459 additional guest rooms, a multipurpose concert and event space, restaurants, additional meeting rooms, and another water complex. Beaubois worked with HBG Design and the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation to bring the space to life, reflecting the beauty of the surrounding Capay Valley. This project tied with Polhybois’ 35 Hudson Yards project in AWMAC’s Corporate/Professional category.

“Our employees work together to combine their strengths, talents, and experience to provide impeccable service at every stage of a project,” says Doyon. “For optimal results, we make sure to coordinate every detail of planning, design, fabrication, and installation. We advise our clients on the most efficient and environmentally friendly choices for their projects. “

In addition, Beaubois was recently involved in constructing the innovative Globe Life Field (Rangers Ballpark) in Arlington, Texas, which features a retractable roof for climate control and an asymmetrical, transparent design that allows visitors to view the field from outside the building. Beaubois worked on the cabinetry, bars, reception desk, and wood ceilings, among other things.

“Beaubois distinguishes itself in the U.S. market by adding value to each project by exceeding our clients’ expectations by ensuring the highest quality products are carefully installed and delivered on time. We have a multi-disciplinary team assisting the architect in design and material selection as well as a team of skilled cabinetmakers who can execute the complex furniture designs envisioned by the client,” says Mr. Doyon.

In addition to all these great projects in the U.S. market, Beaubois is also undertaking Canadian projects.

Designed to comfortably house elderly residents in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Willow Square Continuing Care Centre is a state-of-the-art continuing care facility. It is a 48,000 square foot building with 108 rooms, amenity/program space, and 36 rooms for future expansion. The company handled the countertops for the patient rooms and bathrooms, the front desk furniture, the countertop millwork for the bistros, and the wall paneling. 

This project won in AWMAC’s Guarantee and Inspection Service (GIS) award. AWMAC’s GIS program ensures that architectural millwork meets or exceeds industry standards through expert advice and inspections by qualified industry specialists. An AWMAC certified inspector supports, reviews, and approves your project from initial shop drawings to final installation. 

“The final quality of the product is highly dependent on the installation at the job site. Since we do not perform the installation, Beaubois subcontracts all of the work to local installers. These installers have passed the qualification process before their selection. This qualification is achieved through references and visits to recent projects,” explains Mr. Doyon. “In short, the consistent execution of the installation of our products allows us to stand out on an ongoing basis. Our teams take care of the installation of the project, regardless of the location. We adapt to any situation and meet any challenge quickly and efficiently.”

“At Beaubois, we have a passion for creating masterful cabinetry designs, and we know what it means to learn from the past and grow with the future,” says Doyon. “We have been continuously improving our work for 44 years and always appreciate new ideas and industry advancements.”

No doubt, we will continue to see great things from Beaubois.

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